UFC 167 is shaping up to be the best card of 2013. The latest stellar fight to be added to the lineup is what promises to be an all-action lightweight contest between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Evan Dunham. Strangely enough, each fighter is coming off a loss to the same opponent.
Cerrone didn’t look like himself in a decision loss to surging Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 27 in Indianapolis. He was decked by the Brazilian in the opening round and really didn’t find his groove or the urgency until the third and final round. By then it was too late, as dos Anjos took the deserved decision victory to put him into the 155-pound spotlight.
Dunham also lost by decision to dos Anjos, but there was some controversy in that defeat at UFC on FX 8 in Brazil. There were many who felt that Dunham’s pressure tactics and solid striking in the second and third rounds could have been enough to get the decision. However, the judges ended up giving the verdict to the Brazilian fighter on his home soil.
It’s an important fight for both as they hope to stay relevant in a highly-competitive division. Cerrone, a fan favorite for the type of action he traditionally brings, is just 3-3 in his last six fights, and his stock has definitely fallen. Dunham, after posting 11 straight wins to start his career, has gone just 3-4 since then.
Given the toughness of both men and the high level of urgency for both, this has the makings to be a real slugfest. Cerrone and Dunham are no strangers to exciting tilts, having combined for six Fight of the Night bonuses in the UFC.
The UFC is truly putting together a stellar show for its 20th anniversary event on November 16. This is now a veritable six-pack of great fights so far. The card is headlined by a welterweight title fight between Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks. There’s other solid welterweight action featuring Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler and Josh Koscheck against Tyron Woodley, and the news has only been getting better.
Earlier in the week, the UFC announced that an important light heavyweight affair between Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans would be the co-main event, and also added a true heavyweight crossroads fight between Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir.
The UFC is truly putting its best foot forward to finish the year with a bang and to celebrate 20 years in fine style in November. When it comes to PPV events , UFC 167 is shaping up as the best bang for the buck for fight fans.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports